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What’s Hot South Florida Dec 17 – Jan 6


December 17 – January 6

Thursday, December 17

Following the conclusion of its 24th Annual Members’ Show on November 28, Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), at 415 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, announced that its next major exhibition will feature stunning visuals by the award-winning, Miami-based photographer Matt Stock. Painting With Light Hyper-Realistic Photographs by Matt Stock is open through January 30. Fpr ,rpe information go to: Workshop.org/


Saturday, December 19

The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents one of their first live events with Deborah Cox in I’ll be Home for Christmas at 8pm. The star singer and actress will deliver chart-topping hits and seasonal favorites during I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a concert she has created especially for the Arsht Center. Please note: Seating for this performance is purchased by the table. Tables of 1 and 2 at $70 per person. Tables of 3 at $60 per person. Tables of 4 at $55 per person. Digital tickets for each member of the party will be available within 72 hours of the performance time. To purchase tickets or for more info, go to:ArshtCenter.org. 


The monthly Art Walk artists’ showcase returns to Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors from 5 to 8pm and will be hosted in three locations: The Shoppes of Wilton Manors, 6th Avenue Park (the former Beer Garden) and Sidelines Plaza. Every business on the Drive is invited to participate and artists are encouraged to put out 10 x 10 tents to showcase their art work at 6th Avenue Park and Sidelines plaza. Tents will not be needed at The Shoppes.  Social distancing and masks will be mandatory for the event in our COVID-conscious community. Touch-free payment processing is encouraged for each artist selling their artwork. Artists are highly encouraged to provide sanitizer at points of sale or where surfaces are contacted. Artists and vendors can register online at AWWM.org

The Kravis center for the Performing Arts presents the “Best of Avery Sommers.” In a tapestry of songs that includes spirituals, gospel, and blues; Avery Sommers shares her journey on the way to fully embracing her voice. She is a South Florida treasure and Broadway veteran with a “powerhouse” voice (The New York Times) and charismatic stage presence. On Broadway, Sommers appeared with Ken Page in Ain’t Misbehavin’ replacing Nell Carter. Other Broadway credits include Broadway, Chicago, Showboat and Platinum. She was in the first national tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (starring Ann-Margret) and played Matron Mama Morton in the first national tour of the Broadway show, Chicago, winning a Los Angles Ovation Award. Tickets are: table of 4: $120 at kravis.org/sommers. Or email boxoffice@kravis.org and someone will respond within 24 hours, Monday-Friday. The Performance will also show on Sunday, December 20. 

Sunday, December 20

Enjoy free admission to the galleries and an interactive STEAM-based art-making activity at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s monthly Free Arts! Family Day, from Noon to 4pm. This month’s activity is titled Winter Quilt Weaving. Warm up to winter with cozy quilting at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood! Add the wonders of weaving to your engineer’s toolbelt as we learn the techniques and history of textiles. Follow along to create your own weaving in their Community Gallery during the last Free Arts! Family Day of 2020.Exhibition on view during Free Arts! Family Day: 2020 Florida Biennial: NOW is the Time / The Time is NOW


Tuesday, December 22

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Art Heist: A True Crime Walking Theatre Experience through January 10. Put your NCIS, CSI and Law & Order skills to use and walk off the quarantine poundage to solve a ripped-from-the-walls, real-life master robbery of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Based on a true story of the world’s biggest art caper, Art Heist is a true crime walking show where socially distanced groups move through five walkable locations outside the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale to gather clues. The amateur gumshoes interact with a wild group of wily career criminals, slimy con men, rumpled art recovery specialists, a possible inside man, a gentle psychopath, and the larger-than-life but definitely real self-proclaimed “Greatest Art Thief of All Time.” Tckets are $39.50 to $44.50 at BrowardCenter.org 


Thursday, December 31: New Year’s Eve (events that were available at press time in alphabetical order)

Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar is featuring drink packages from $55-$85 per person. They are also offering VIP Tables, which seats 8, for $150 per person and includes a bottle of Stoli Elite; 2 bottles of high end champagne, and party favors. 

Johnsons features a countdown party extravaganza which costs $50 and includes open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight, and of course tons of sexy men for your visual pleasure.

Lips invites everyone to ring in 2021 like a queen with dinner, drinks, and fabulous drag entertainment. They have 2 seating’s that feature a 3 course dinner and show.  The 7pm pre-NYE celebration and the 9:30pm countdown to midnight. To make your reservations call 954-567-0987.

R House Wynwood presents NYE with Roxxxy Andrews and Athena Dion. The party will feature delicious food. Socially distant environment, bottomless drinks, music by DJ MoJody and additional performances by Juicy Love, and Morphine Love. They are featuring 2 price points: a general admission which is $90 and features a 4 course mean, welcome bubbles and a midnight toast (9:30 entry); and a VIP Treatment package for $190 which features a meet and greet with Roxxxy, and the R House cast, the 4 course meal, bottle of Perrior Jouet and an R House fan. They are also featuring many other items. For more information or to purchase your tickets go to Eventbrite.com/e/132356105675. 


The Manor Complex celebrates NYE with a themed party called “Ice Palace” that stars Grammy Nominated DJ Abel along with Billboard Diva and X Factor runner up Lillie Nicole-McCloud along with their house diva’s TP Lords, Erika Norell, Sasha Lords and Calypso Monroe Lords. General Admission is $15 until December 25, $20 from Dec 24-30. 18-20 admission is $25. They are also offering a Premium bottle VIP service. This sold out last year by Christmas, so if interested call now to 954-626-0082 or go to themanorcomplex.com/vip-room. To purchase tickets go to Showclix.com/event/manornye2021 or you can purchase them at the Manors box office Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 2am. 


The Pub Wilton Manors presents DJ Bill Hallquist, extra tables on the back patio, complimentary champagne toast, as well as prizes, drink chips, bar tabs and cash giveaways at midnight! 


Twist will be celebrating NYE with the sound of DJ Aulden Brown from 8pm to midnight. 


Sunday, January 3

It’s back! That’s right the famous Flip Flops Dockside Eatery Sunday T dance is and starts today, and every first Sunday of the month thereafter. The hours have slightly changed and it will now go from 2-6pm and feature the sounds of DJ Josh Atom. From 2 to 4 catch the talents of TP Lords and Rianna Petrone, who will each do 3 numbers, The from 4 to 6 Sharde L. Ross and Diva Kingsley take the stage for 3 numbers each. All the entertainers will interact with the crowd and don’t forget the fab food and drinks that the only t dance on the Intracoastal offers. While you are there say hello to new GM Edmund!


Catch the premiere of Call Me Kat starring Mayim Bialik. The supporting cast includes Leslie Jordan, Cheyenne Jackson and Swoosie Kurtz. If this doesn’t sound like a hit, I don’t know what does! 




ART+STROLL’s online art exhibit Extended to the end of the year. 

After a very successful virtual event, Business for the Arts of Broward is announcing the extension of the 2nd annual ART+STROLL’s online art exhibit through the end of the year. The virtual event, which took place via Zoom last month, featured more than 100 pieces of art, some of which are still available for sale on BFA’s website (bfabroward.org/shop) through December 28. Sales of these remaining art pieces will benefit artists and Business for the Arts of Broward programming.


Outshine Named Best Festival In Miami! 

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival is named Best Festival in Miami New Times: Best Of Miami 2020! When the pandemic threatened to close their doors – they fought back, pivoted, and became an overall stronger film festival in 2020! They plan to keep up this momentum and continue presenting fresh queer content throughout 202; both virtually and in-person. Stay tuned for more details. 


Nicole Henry’s 8th Annual Winter Concert

Join Nicole Henry for her 8th Annual Winter Concert premiering virtually on Saturday, December 19th. Nicole and an eight-piece band safely filmed the concert at Pinecrest Gardens with six cameras to celebrate this season of hope and blessings, and benefit the Miami Music ProjectHosted by Laurie Jennings, VIP admission is $75, and includes backstage footage, after party with Nicole on Zoom and the official 2020 Winter Concert Beach bag, and General Admission is $35. To purchase tickets go to: Tickettailor.com/events/nicolehenry


Salute to Vienna and Budapest Streaming Virtually

Looking for a reason to get dolled up this New Year’s, open some bubbly, and celebrate from the comfort of home? This year, Salute to Vienna and Budapest is streaming directly into your living room. Celebrate the holidays with this never-before-seen performance, filmed in Europe. Filled to the brim with the same joyful singing, dancing, and full orchestra that audiences all across North America have celebrated with since 1995. Ring in the New Year with the Blue Danube Waltz and excerpts from beloved operettas. Note: This festive series of livestreamed performances is co-produced by Attila Glatz Concert Productions and Operettisisma Ltd. A single ticket will include access to one of the three premiere livestreams on Sunday, December 27 and access from December 28–January 3, so ticketholders can watch the performance again and again on-demand surrounded by family and friends. To purchase tickets go to:  https://www.stellartickets.com/events/salute-to-vienna-and-budapest-us/salute-to-vienna-and-budapest?aff=flcoral.


Palm Beach Symphony and CBS12 News will broadcast a special holiday concert

This concert filled with sounds of the season airing on Christmas Eve at 8pm and Christmas day at 9am and 7pm. The CW34 will simulcast the concert on Christmas morning and repeat the special on December 26 at 6pm. Palm Beach Symphony’s 47th Season features concerts with guest violinist Pinchas Zukerman, guest pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Alexander Toradze and guest cellist Julian Schwarz. At this time, it is anticipated that the first Masterwork concert in January will be livestreamed virtually. The Symphony hopes to perform the remainder of the season at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts as a mix of livestreaming and select seating. Tickets and full season information are available at www.palmbeachsymphony.org


Greenland On Demand Everywhere December 18

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.


Gay Chorus Deep South premiere Sunday, December 20 

MTV Documentary Films’ Gay Chorus Deep South, a timely and inspiring celebration of hope, acceptance and love directed by David Charles Rodrigues and produced by Bud Johnston and Jesse Moss, will make its broadcast premiere Sunday, December 20 at 9pm on Pop, Logo and Pluto TV. The critically-acclaimed film, which marks Rodrigues’ feature documentary debut, tells the story of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus as they embark on a tour of the American Deep South in response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag. Gay Chorus Deep South made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Documentary Audience Award.

Fatale In Theaters December 18
After a wild one-night stand, Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, watches his perfect life slowly disappear when he discovers that the sexy and mysterious woman he risked everything for, is a determined police detective (Hilary Swank) who entangles him in her latest investigation. As he tries desperately to put the pieces together, he falls deeper into her trap, risking his family, his career, and even his life. F ATALE is a suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller and an unpredictable game of cat and mouse where one mistake can change your life.


49 Legacy Scholarship Application Period is Open

Applications are now being accepted through January 31, 2021 for the 49 Legacy Scholarships. Scholarships up to $10,000 will be awarded for the 2021/22 academic year and can be used at any accredited institution of highest learning including career and technical schools. High school seniors, as well as those eligible to enter accredited post or secondary institutions are eligible to apply.  Recipients will be notified in spring 2021. For more information and to apply at: onepulsefoundation.org/scholarships/?blm_aid=20210


Grant Application for Artists
Funding Arts Broward (FAB), a non-profit volunteer-based arts organization committed to preserving and cultivating the arts in Broward County, has opened its grant applications for 2022 funding. Local nonprofit arts and organizations are encouraged to apply, online, for one of three tiered program-specific category grants awarding up to $15,000 at fundingartsbroward.org/grants. The deadline to apply to be considered for 2022 funding is January 22, 2021. For questions about the application process or instructions for completion, please email fabgrants@gmail.com. To learn more about FAB, including how to become a member or support the arts, visit www.fundingartsbroward.org


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Premieres on Netflix December 18

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. For more information, go to: netflix.com/maraineysblackbottom


Sylvie’s Love Comes to Prime Video December 25

In Sylvie’s Love, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before. As the summer winds down, life takes them in different directions, bringing their relationship to an end. Years pass, Sylvie’s career as a TV producer blossoms, while Robert has to come to terms with what the age of Motown is doing to the popularity of Jazz. In a chance meeting, Sylvie and Robert cross paths again, only to find that while their lives have changed, their feelings for each other remain the same. Writer/director Eugene Ashe combines romance and music into a sweeping story that brings together changing times, a changing culture, and the true price of love.

The Midnight Sky Premieres on Netflix December 23

This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight, co-starring David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and Tiffany Boone. For more information, go to netflix.com/themidnightsky.


Sarah Brightman headlines A Christmas livestream event

In celebration of the holidays, the world’s biggest-selling soprano and legendary GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Sarah Brightman headlines her first-ever Christmas livestream event, Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony, on Sunday December 20, at 7:30pm EST from the historic Christ Church Spitalfields in London. Tickets are $18 at http://store.sarahbrightman.com


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